Late Joe Paterno to be awarded Enberg Award

Associated Press Modified: April 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: April 25, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Joe Paterno, who coached Penn State to 409 wins from 1966 to 2011, will be posthumously honored with the 2012 Dick Enberg Award, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Paterno was voted to receive the award in March 2011, but was unable to accept it in person. He was planning to appear at this year's event in St. Louis before passing away in January after a brief battle with lung cancer. His son, Jay, will accept on behalf of the family.

Paterno was fired last November in the wake of a sexual assault scandal allegedly involving a former assistant coach.

The award goes to those who are passionate and committed to academics and athletics. Past winners include Tom Osborne, Bill Russell, Dean Smith and Pat Summitt.

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